Abhayadana, Abhayadāna, Abhaya-dana: 11 definitions
Abhayadana means something in Buddhism, Pali, Jainism, Prakrit, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.
Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)Source: academia.edu: A Study and Translation of the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā
Abhayadāna (अभयदान) refers to a group of Tathāgatas, according to the Gaganagañjaparipṛcchā: the eighth chapter of the Mahāsaṃnipāta (a collection of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras).—Accordingly: “[...] The Bodhisattva Gaganagañja said: ‘Sons of good family, you should conceive the incomparable complete awakening, in this way, you can practice what is benefit for yourselves and for others’. Thus addressed, they generated the thought of incomparable complete awakening, and offered a hundred thousand calico clothes to the Bodhisattva Gaganagañja. Then, saying ‘Friends, let us also offer this calico clothes to the Lord’, all those offered calico clothes for the body of the Lord. Thereupon the Lord prophesied: ‘After incalculable aeons, when you achieved the way of the dharma which are wings of awakening, all of you will appear in this world as the Tathāgatas called Abhayadāna”.
Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.
General definition (in Jainism)Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra
Abhayadāna (अभयदान) refers to the “gift of fearlessness” and represents one of the three types of dāna (liberality), according to chapter 1.1 [ādīśvara-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra (“lives of the 63 illustrious persons”): a Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three important persons in Jainism.
Accordingly, in the sermon of Sūri Dharmaghoṣa:—“[...] in the gift of fearlessness (abhayadāna) there is the avoidance of injury to living things (jīvas) by thought, word, or deed, by doing, causing to be done, or by approving. Jīvas are known to be of two kinds: immovable (sthāvara) and movable (trasa). (see classification of the jīvas) In both of these there are two divisions, depending on whether they have faculties to develop (paryāpti) or not. There are six faculties to develop, which are the cause of development: eating food and digesting it, body, senses, breath, speech, and mind. Creatures that have one sense, two to four, or five senses, have respectively four, five, or six faculties”.
The gift of safety [viz., abhayadāna] is the avoidance of injuring them in three ways: destruction of life, causing physical pain, and mental pain. Whoever gives the gift of safety, gives all the objects of life. If one has life, the fourfold object of existence is gained. What is dearer than life to any creature? Certainly not a kingdom, nor universal sovereignty, nor even Indra-ship of high rank. Fear caused by loss of life is the same to a worm living in impurity on one hand, and to Hari living in heaven on the other hand. Therefore a pious man should by all means be always careful to give the gift of safety desired by the whole world. By making the gift of safety people become charming, long-lived, healthy, with beauty of form, and strong in other births.
Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.
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Marathi-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
abhayadāna (अभयदान).—n (S) Granting assurance of security or impunity.Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
abhayadāna (अभयदान).—n Granting assurance of security or impunity.
Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.
Sanskrit dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Abhayadāna (अभयदान).—giving a promise, assurance, or guarantee of safety or protection (from danger); सर्वप्रदानेष्वभयप्रदानम् (sarvapradāneṣvabhayapradānam) (pradhānam) Pañcatantra (Bombay) 1.29; सर्वतः प्रतिगृह्णीयान्मध्वथाभयदक्षिणाम् (sarvataḥ pratigṛhṇīyānmadhvathābhayadakṣiṇām) Manusmṛti 4.247.
Derivable forms: abhayadānam (अभयदानम्).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-naṃ) Assurance of safety or protection. E. abhaya and dāna gift.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Abhayadāna (अभयदान):—[=a-bhaya-dāna] [from a-bhaya] n. giving assurance of safety.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Goldstücker Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Abhayadāna (अभयदान):—[tatpurusha compound] n.
(-nam) Assurance of safety or pro-tection. Comp. abhayapradāna. E. abhaya and dāna.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Abhayadāna (अभयदान):—[abhaya-dāna] (naṃ) 1. n. Assurance of protection. Also abhaya-dakṣiṇā.
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.
Kannada-English dictionarySource: Alar: Kannada-English corpus
Abhayadāna (ಅಭಯದಾನ):—[noun] an act of assuring or extending security.
Kannada is a Dravidian language (as opposed to the Indo-European language family) mainly spoken in the southwestern region of India.
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Starts with: Abhayadanasara.
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Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Part 1 - Generosity of the Dharma < [Chapter XX - The Virtue of Generosity and Generosity of the Dharma]
Nigrodhamiga-jātaka < [Chapter XXVII - The Virtue of Exertion]
Part 1 - What is the virtue of morality (śīlapāramitā) < [Chapter XXIII - The Virtue of Morality]
Bhajana-Rahasya (by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura Mahasaya)
Manusmriti with the Commentary of Medhatithi (by Ganganatha Jha)
The Great Chronicle of Buddhas (by Ven. Mingun Sayadaw)
Part 6f - Fifteen Kinds of Conduct and Fivefold Higher Knowledge < [Chapter 7 - On Miscellany]
Part 10a - The method of fulfilling the Perfection of Generosity (Dāna Pāramī) < [Chapter 7 - On Miscellany]
Miscellaneous Notes on Different Aspect of Dāna (generosity) < [Chapter 6 - On Pāramitā]
Tattvartha Sutra (with commentary) (by Vijay K. Jain)
Verse 6.24 - The influx of Tīrthaṅkara name-karma (nāmakarma) < [Chapter 6 - Influx of Karmas]
Metta (by Ācariya Buddharakkhita)